WWF’s Forest Strategy has an over-arching goal of ‘zero net deforestation and forest degradation in WWF priority places by 2020’. It has identified work-streams based on two pillars; promoting forest conservation and sustainable use, and tackling drivers of deforestation.
Under the first pillar, WWF Nepal will adopt three complementary approaches to forest resources: protect, manage and restore, with the overall aim of ensuring conservation of biodiversity and environmental resources at the landscape level. WWF will work across a network of protected areas of representative ecosystems in all the priority landscapes of Nepal while also ensuring the management and restoration of critical forests in corridors, bottlenecks, biodiversity hotspots and fragile ecosystems in the priority landscapes.
Forests in the landscapes will be managed by an ecosystem approach to ensure biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Under the second pillar, WWF Nepal will address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation through strategies such as REDD+.
A multi-stakeholder partnership will be promoted to increase community stewardship and the involvement of stakeholders in managing forests and protected areas.